Ellie specialises in cyber and data security and is a member of W+K’s Australian cyber incident response team. She advises on a broad range of cyber incidents, assisting with data breach investigations and preparing notifications to the OAIC and affected individuals.

Ellie also has experience advising on cyber insurance coverage for both local and international insurers. She also assists clients prepare for cyber incidents, including developing incident response plans to ensure clients appropriately detect, escalate, investigate and report incidents.

Before joining W+K, Ellie was privacy counsel for an international law firm in their London office, where she gained extensive experience advising clients in relation to privacy law compliance, in particular the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Ellie also holds the CIPP/Europe certification from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

  • Acting as incident response manager and privacy counsel for an Australian technology company involved in a major data breach committed by a state threat actor. The matter involved highly technical IT forensic investigations and preparing submissions to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC).
  • Acting as incident response manager and privacy counsel in a significant number of cyber matters involving Australian SMEs, particularly in the financial and health sector. Incident types include phishing, social engineering, ransomware and malware. These matters have involved working with IT forensics, providing privacy advice and preparing submissions to the OAIC.
  • Managing a large-scale personally identifiable information (PII) review of compromised mailboxes, in connection with a business email compromise incident affecting a healthcare provider.
  • Acting as coverage counsel for an insurer in relation to a significant data breach impacting an Australian University.
  • Advising a major insurer on coverage issues arising from the Accellion data breach, which affected several insureds in Australia in 2021
Areas of Expertise
  • Cyber, Privacy + Data Security

Industry Representation
  • Technology + Cyber
  • Privacy
  • Financial Institutions + Services
  • Small Medium Enterprises (SME)

Professional Affiliations
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)